The most economical visit in the last 10 years would be the upcoming Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Davos, Switzerland. The government has claimed that his visit to Davos next month will be most economical compared to his predecessors.
According to the Press Information Department (PID) it is estimated that the total expenditure of the three-day visit in which the PM along with the delegation will attend the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) summit will be around $68,000.
PID stated that the earlier governments of Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Yousaf Raza Gillani in comparison spent lavishly on their visits to the Swiss city.
The visit of former prime minister Nawaz’s visit caused almost $762,199 million loss to the national exchequer. The second PM of PML-N after Sharif caused the loss of $561,381 million to the national exchequer and PPP’s Gillani caused the loss of $459,451 million on his trip.
Minister of State for Safron and Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi also shared these statistics on Twitter.
Afridi tweeted, “A stark difference between the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and previous rulers. PM Khan is saving precious National resources while previous rulers abused them. This is #NayaPakistan
Directives have been given by Prime Minister Imran Khan to further cut down the expenses on his foreign trips. He gave directions to the concerned authorities to cut the expenses of his next month’s trip to a minimum.
In Prime Minister’s visit to the United States, the expense was kept to a meager $68,000. Thus, again the PM set an example of austerity.
In comparison to Khan, Nawaz spent $549,854 during his 2015 trip to the US while PPP’s Supremo Asif Ali Zardari spent $752,682 respectively.